Addressing myths on men’s sexual health!

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By Chetana Belagere

Jun 18, 2024

“The misconceptions surrounding men’s sexual health are damaging. They create stress and prevent men from seeking the help they need,” says  Dr Mohammed Bendigeri.

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Speaking of a common myth he says, “It is most commonly believed that penis size shares a relationship with the satisfaction of one’s partner or sexual ability in general.” Dr Mohammed Bendigeri.

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He added: “The truth is, sexual prowess comes from establishing emotional connections and a mutual understanding between partners.”

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Dr Pramod Krishnappa, adds, “Dhat syndrome is a classic example of a very common myth and the terminology was first coined by an Indian doctor — Dr NN Wig — way back in 1960.”

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Interestingly, there is no known physical cause for the illness and it occurs due to wrong beliefs and misconceptions about normal sexual functions.

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Among other myths, one is the notoriously common idea that libido does not decrease in the case of men. Bendigeri said the reality was that one’s libido was the result of several factors.

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Similarly, the idea that masturbation could create sexual issues in men and deteriorate sexual performance was a common falsehood, they noted.

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“Such harmful beliefs can sustain negative thoughts that prevent men from seeking help or advice,” says Bendigeri adding that healthcare professionals should be relied on for this.

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